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Jan 01 2021

The Breakfast Club (Day One – 2021)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

This Day in History

Fidel Castro seizes power in Cuba; Abraham Lincoln signs Emancipation Proclamation; Ellis Island opens; Hank Williams Senior dies

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

Benjamin Franklin

Breakfast News

US News

The Latest: 9 nuns at NY convent die from COVID-19 in month

Race to vaccinate millions in US off to slow, messy start

Wisconsin hospital worker arrested for spoiled vaccine doses

Nashville assessing building damage from Christmas bombing

Both newspapers in Utah’s capital print final daily editions

Federal checks salvage otherwise dreadful 2020 for US farms

Bomb-sniffing dogs? Check. Times Square crowd? Not this year

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

Serial squirrel: Neighbors keep eye out for fierce rodent

US Politics

Trump extends visa ban, health coverage policy advances

GOP senator rebukes ‘dangerous ploy’ to fight Biden victory

Chief justice praises work of federal courts during COVID-19

International News

Under fire, France pledges speedier vaccination rollout

Guinea uses Russian COVID-19 vaccine on some officials

New Year’s revelries muted by virus as curtain draws on 2020

Britain ends long Brexit journey with economic break from EU

Sports

West Virginia rallies to beat Army 24-21 in Liberty Bowl

Brawl mars Mississippi State’s Armed Forces win over Tulsa

Ball State beats No. 19 San Jose State 34-13 in Arizona Bowl

No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Notre Dame move CFP clash to Texas

Sugar Bowl: Unfinished business for Clemson and Ohio State

Browns lose CB Ward for Steelers game after positive test

Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick tests positive for COVID-19

Canada approves NHL camps, but provinces must rule on games

Breakthroughs come on, off field in 2020 for women’s sports

Breakfast Blogs

1968 Is No Longer the Worst Year I’ve Experienced, But a New Year Starts Tomorrow Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Four Years Ago Today, Russia Told Trump the Deep State Was Targeting Trump Along with Russia emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Who Did More This Year to Help their (or anyone else’s) Country? Peterr, emptywheel

The Worst. But Not Just That. Tim Miller, The Bulwark

Lame duck a l’orange digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Getting better all the time (can’t get no worse): A New Year’s mix tape Dennis Hartley, Digby’a Hullabaloo

Dear Posterity tristero, Digby’s Hullabaloo

What reason got to do with it? Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

New Year’s Message: Make The World A Better Place Mike Masnick, Techdirt

On Mike Pence’s Behalf, DOJ Tells Court That Louie Gohmert’s Attempt to Sue VP Is ‘A Walking Legal Contradiction’ Matt Naham, Law & Crime
2020: The Year We Motherf*ckin WON.
Increases in extreme human longevity: Some statistical questions Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

A small redemption of a miserable year Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Just a Harmless Little Bunny driftglass, at his blog

For the Record: More Populism Hawley-Style Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

Haiku Review of 2020 (Part 3): It Is What It Is The Rude Pundit, at his blog

I WANT YOU TO DO ME A FAVOR, THOUGH Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Requiem For A Goddamn HERO: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, God Damn. Jamie Lynn Crofts, Wonkette

2020: The Year We Motherf*ckin WON. Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Now We Know What Rudy Giuliani’s Chram Must Feel Like: A Sincere Wonkette Reflection On 2020 Liz Dye, Wonkette

2020: The Year We Marched For Black Lives While The Cops Whined Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Here Are Just Some Of The 85,000 Stupid Things People Believed This Year Robyn Pennacchis, Wonkette

America’s Plague Year Also Featured A Pandemic! Doktor Zoom, Wonkette